I have had the same pain dr for 3 years, had a fusion 2 years ago. Last year they found more arthritis in my upper back. I don't know what to do. He has had me on the same dosage, Norco 4 times a day, the entire time. I used to get Soma also, but he said I didn't need it anymore. My pain shouldn't be that bad.
How in the world can he tell me what my pain level is? I don't know what to do, I am scared to "doctor shop" and risk losing a dr altogether. I am tired of being treated like a drug addict. In reality, the biggest reasons they give me for not changing my meds is that my (state) card won't cover much, and that I am too young to go on something stronger. ( I am 37)
I feel lost, hopeless. I can't do anything that requires too much standing, walking, or sitting. The Norco is almost non effective unless I take more. I have talked with them my last 6 appointments and I am getting no where. Also, there are no other pain clinics near me who take state aid. ugh!
It is so hard because family and friends just don't understand, so I feel like I can't talk to anyone.
After 3 years, you would think he would trust me by now. I went to the ER twice in the last 3 months and one wouldn't treat me at all, the other just gave me shots of meds I already had at home. Left both times in horrible pain.
I just feel like, at 37, my quality of life should be more important to doctors. I have to work hard, take care of kids and all the other Mom stuff.
Anyone else have a similar situation? What did you do?